Spirit in Action

What do you do when a crisis strikes? How to deal with the emotional and psychic weight of it all?

It doesn’t matter whether the crisis is national, at the Boston Marathon explosions yesterday, or personal, like a broken water pipe, a tree limb falling, or a family member suddenly sick. Crisis sends our bodies and minds into a safety-first! mode whatever the safety needs to be. Crisis often brings out the worst in us, our fear at losing control of life.

One of the photos I saw from yesterday’s explosions was a Puerto Rican man holding the artery of a man’s blown apart leg, one of the runners, as the man is being rushed to an ambulance. The same man, the Puerto Rican, had lost his son in Iraq in 2004. He couldn’t save his son, but he could, perhaps, save someone else’s.

Sometimes there’s nothing we can do with a crisis on a national scale. We can only watch as another chaotic moment in a chaotic year plays itself out in front of us.

So if we can’t do anything like this one man did, we can do something else. We can be a little kinder. We can slow down five miles per hour on the highway. We can allow someone to move into traffic a little more easily. We can stop pushing so hard for our own agenda and allow a little sanity into our daily activities.

And that way, when a crisis comes our way, we already have practice in acting in a kind way. Perhaps a smile, a comforting look or comment, is all that’s needed to lighten another’s load or to save another’s life.

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6 thoughts on “Spirit in Action

  1. susansayings says:

    I observed, as I ran this morning, neighbors and motorists who generally stare right past me, waved at me–a sort of wave that said we must go on. I usually alternate running and walking, but I ran more today, in memory of those who lost loved ones or limbs yesterday in Boston, in memory of all who cannot run because violence has broken them.

    Walking and running are often escapes from the stresses of an intense world–healthy means to elevate the mood and lower the blood pressure. Celebrating those who run far and fast is a way of affirming the capacity of the human body and spirit to endure, to keep on, whatever adversity might appear–to run the marathon metaphorically, or literally.

    So, after the tears, the fears, the questions, the rage, and the despair–or in the midst of all the uproar–we keep on–committing to ways we can demonstrate to ourselves and one another our endurance, whether we run to the hospital to donate blood, over the roads to train for an event, or around the neighborhood to keep fit. We wave or nod, and commit to keeping on.

  2. valorie wells fenton says:

    One of my personal favorite mantras is : if God leads me to it, God will lead me through it. In this way, I remind myself that 1) I am not in control, no matter how much I tell myself that I am,2) if I find myself in a real mess w/o clear guidance from god, then what I really need to admit I got mySelf out on a limb and call out for my Creator to rescue me. And God always does.

  3. Cheryl Petersen says:

    Thanks for the focus on Spirit in action. We read in 21st Century Science and Health, “. Making the intense effort to assimilate the divine character, will format and design us anew until we awake in Love’s likeness.”

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